A first round of applications and interviews failed to result in uncovering a successor for San Marino High School head football Coach Mike Hobbie, who in late January announced his retirement. A search committee interviewed three finalists, but SMHS Athletic Director David Irie confirmed this week that the job has been re-posted on EDJOIN—a job posting site specializing in positions relating to the field of education—and the CIF website. Principal Dr. Issaic Gates told The Tribune late last week that the district will also contact local colleges and universities in the effort to replace Hobbie, who returned the Titans to prominence during his eight seasons at the helm.
One candidate, Thomas Camerano, told The Tribune that he was withdrawing his name from consideration. Camerano served as an assistant coach under Hobbie and was Hobbie’s preferred replacement. He was one of three finalists who was interviewed for the job but was not offered the position. Camerano told this reporter he will likely join the staff at Temple City High School, the school from which he graduated.
The San Marino job was, however, offered to former Cathedral High School head Coach Kevin Pearson, according to sources, but he turned down the position for financial reasons, according to Irie. Pearson had already been in negotiations with Warren High School in the Downey Unified Scholl District for its head football coaching position, but took a shot at the San Marino job for its geographic desirability. Pearson recently accepted the Warren job, where he will join his brother, Scott, who is the Bears’ head varsity baseball coach.
This past Tuesday afternoon, the posting for Hobbie’s successor appeared on San Marino High School’s website, offering three options: head football coach with a physical education teaching opportunity, head football coach with a chemistry teaching opportunity, or a walk-on coaching position. The physical education position is Hobbie’s and the chemistry job is currently held by his wife, Suzanne, who is also retiring.